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Orpheus and Eurydice, Odysseus and Penelope, Paris and Helena – some of the most famous couples in ancient literature have made Greece the stuff of romantic legend.
In fact, the love stories here span 4 millennia. So choose a wedding in Greece and start writing your own…
If you like the idea of stepping back in time, Rhodes is worthy of your shortlist. Its old town is a World Heritage Site, and one of the finest Medieval citadels in existence. It’s also got the best sunshine record of all the Greek Islands, so it’s highly unlikely your big day will be ruined by rain.
Limestone cliffs and white beaches populated with loggerhead turtles – these are Zante’s foundations. And the wedding venues really make the most of the scenery. You can pick from a string of sea-facing terraces and gardens.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin cemented Kefalonia’s fame, but those in the know flocked here long before Penelope Cruz. The island is ringed by some of the best beaches in Greece, so if you want to say your vows with sand beneath your feet, say them here.
Skiathos is blissfully undeveloped – there’s not a high rise in sight here. It means your wedding photos will consist of nothing but vast olive groves and the rugged coastline that stretches into the distance. Cosmopolitan Skiathos Town is ideal for ceremony after-parties, too.
Hanioti Town Hall – If you’re after an intimate setting for your Greece wedding, the Hanioti Town Hall will really win you over. It’s set near the main square of a charming village. Afterwards you’ll head to the beach in Hanioti for photos with the sea and sugar-white sand as your backdrop.
Kassandria Town Hall – Kassandria Town Hall is an authentic stone building set on a hillside. The ceremony room is covered in soft fabrics, flowers and candles, so it’s really romantic. The ceremony itself is performed in Greek, but family and friends can perform readings or poems and your vows will be translated.
This is Greece’s Emerald Isle. It’s covered in olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees, so ceremony backdrops really are something else. The capital, Corfu Town, has atmospheric tavernas and cobbled Medieval streets.
Crete is the biggest and the oldest of the Greek Islands, so it’s witnessed thousands of people becoming husband and wife. Not only does it offer beautiful settings, but there’s a lot to explore in the days after the ceremony. Trek to a sunset-lit Palace of Knossos, or hire a car together and explore barely-trodden countryside.
If you read travel magazines, you’ll recognise the blue-domed rooftops of Santorini as front-page regulars. The island’s clifftop villages and fiery sunsets lure couples. Plus, the restaurants in places like Oia are characterised by soft candlelight and serenading guitarists.
Kos really knows how to hold a celebration, and its capital, Kos Town, is ripe for post-ceremony festivities. Your special day will likely end with plate-smashing and all-night dancing to local rembetika music.